Angela Rayner brands PM and Nigel Farage ‘hard right nasty thugs’

The tweet was shared more than 500 times

Monday, November 4, 2019

Labour’s Angela Rayner has branded Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump as “hard right nasty thugs” in a tweet over the weekend.

The MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, Droylsden and Failsworth wrote: “Nigel Farage of the #brexit party, Boris Johnson of the Conservative party & Donald Trump of the Republican’s in the US are HARD RIGHT nasty thugs that make Margaret Thatcher look like a pussy cat.

“They are all as thick as thieves together #marr #GE2019,” she added.

It received a mixed reaction, with some accusing her of using potentially dangerous language.

One Twitter user wrote: “‘Hard right’, ‘thugs’ and ‘thick as thieves’. Untrue, intimidating, inciting violence and consequently reported. This is not acceptable behaviour or language from a politician.”

Earlier this year the Prime Minister was criticised for using “inflammatory language” when he dubbed a piece of legislation the “surrender Act” because it aimed to preventing a no-deal Brexit.

An angry exchange in the House of Commons then sparked calls for MPs to moderate their language in heated debates.

Ms Rayner’s comment came among a stream of tweets referencing the Brexit Party leader’s appearance on the Andrew Marr show, where she said he showed “he’s actually a Tory”.

Mr Farage today announced that he will be fielding 600 candidates in the December 12 poll, though will not be standing for election himself.

He has long been offering to form an electoral pact with the Conservatives in which candidates would stand aside in certain constituencies to improve each party’s chances.

However, the Downing Street confirmed that the government would not be brokering any deals with the Brexit Party.

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